Children North East is North East England's very own children's charity. For over 125 years, the charity has been transforming the lives of disadvantaged children - giving them a better chance in life.

Children North East is all about children growing up healthy and happy. The charity focuses on those stages in life when difficult situations can affect children, and recognises that with some skilful help, those situations can be changed for the better. It ensures babies feel safe and loved, children are ready for and comfortable with school, teenagers feel valued and confident, and young people are given a chance.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, funding from players has helped make a difference in 20,885 children and young people's lives, as well as helping 245 families via its projects - including the Caring Dads programme.

The Caring Dads programme at Children North East challenges fathers about their behaviour at home, and the long-term damage to health and wellbeing that domestic abuse has on their children.

The charity works with dads in groups of eight on a weekly basis for 17 weeks. They share their experiences of fatherhood, looking at their own childhood experiences, and how their previous behaviour has affected their child. The programme recognises the importance of a father in children's lives and improves relationships with their children.

One dad, who has been part of the Caring Dads programme, said, "I was unhappy about having to come on the programme but, I've got to say, I really look forward to coming every week. I feel the course has really made me think about how I parent and has given me lots of useful advice."

With the incredible support received from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the charity is able to continue this important work helping dads and their children in North East England.

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Children North East has a range of projects aimed at improving the lives of children and young people